This website is dedicated to the memory of
the men of No 1 Demolition Squadron, PPA
and to the men and women who fought alongside them:
all of many nations and beliefs, a long way from home

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'Tis long long ago
We last saw these friends
They were there, and then they were gone
Not until our own life ends
Will we cease to gaze upon
Those who gave their lives so dear
That we could still live on...
They were the Heroes who fought and Died
Who never knew we won...
But p'raps today from high in Valhalla
It is us they look down upon...
And Know...!

Ben Owen, 2008


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
We will remember them

Laurence Binyon, 1914


When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say,
For Your Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today

John Maxwell Edmunds, 1916

Copyright © 2012 foPPA
7 Apr 2012

Further information
  1. Ben's poem was written especially for the PPA Memorial unveiling ceremony, but he died only three weeks before the event, so it was read out by Guy Harris beside the Memorial on that day: Popski's birthday. Ben Owen is personally commemorated by the bench that he donated to the Arboretum in memory of PPA long before the PPA Memorial was unveiled.
  2. The Kohima Epitaph is so named because, although written by John Maxwell Edmunds during WWI, it has become most famous for being enscribed on the Kohima 2nd Division Memorial in Burma, in memory of the Allies who died during the bitter fighting there in WWII, as suggested by Major John Etty-Leal, the GSO II of the 2nd Infantry Division. It is often recited after Binyon's poem, as the response from the dead. Guy's Great Uncle died at Kohima.